Sterling College Presents "The Merchant of Venice"

Release Date: 
March 6, 2010

Sterling College will present Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 4-6, in Culbertson Auditorium on the SC campus.

“The Merchant of Venice” was written by William Shakespeare in the late 1500s. Though Shakespeare called it one of his comedies, it is best known for its dramatic scenes, the complicated character of the villain Shylock and the strength of its female character Portia.

In Sterling College’s upcoming performance Antonio, the merchant of Venice, is played by sophomore Houston Smith of Kingman, Kan. Though Antonio is wealthy, he is short of ready cash to lend to his best friend Bassanio, who needs it to court Portia, a wealthy heiress. Antonio borrows money from Shylock, a Jewish money lender and Antonio’s enemy, to give to his friend. Antonio agrees with Shylock’s demand: if Antonio does not pay back the loan by a set date, he will pay with a pound of his own flesh. Bas